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tHE MATHUEX SETH,                                                      15
Star of India on the 1st of January, 1877, when Her Majesty assumed the
Imperial title. Unfortunately he did not live long to enjoy the well-merited
honour, but died only twelve months afterwards, leaving as his joint heirs his
two nephews, Baghunath Dte, the son of Lakhrni Chand, and Lachtman Das,
the son of Budha, Krishan. For many years past the business has been mainly
conducted by tho head manager, Seth Mangi Lil, who is now also largely
assisted by his two sons, Naroyan DJS and SrSnivasa Das. The latter who has
charge of the Delhi branch, is an author as well as a man of business and has
published a Hindi drama of some merit entitled * Randhir and Prem-mohini.'
N&rAyan D&s is the manager of the Brinda-ban Temple estate, and a very active
member of the Municipal Committee, Wth there and at Mathura. For his per-
sonal exertions in superintending the relief operations during the late severe
famine he received a khilat of honour, from the Lien tenant-Governor IB a pub-
lic Darb4r held at Agra in the year 1880,
At the time of the mutiny, when all the three brothers were still living,
with Seth Lakhmi Chand as the senior partner, their loyalty was most con-
spicuous. They warned the Collector, Mr. Thornhill, of the impending out-
break a day before it actually took place ; and after it had occurred they sent
such immediate information to the authorities at Agra as enabled Hem to dis-
arm and thus anticipate the mutiny of the other companies of the same Native
Regiments, the 44th and the 67th, which were quartered there. After the
houses in the station had been burnt down, they sheltered the Collector and the
other European residents in their house in the city till the 5th of July, when,
on the approach of the Nimach force, they took boat and dropped down the
river to Agra. After their departure the Seths took charge of the Government
treasure and maintained public order. They also advanced large sums of
money for Government purposes on different occasions, when other wealthy
firms had- positively refused to give any assistance ; and, so long as the disturb-
ances lasted, they kept up at great expense, for which ihey never made any
claim to reimbursement, a very large establishment for the purpose of procur-
ing information and maintaining communication between Delhi and Agra. In
acknowledgment of these services, the title of Rao Bahadur was conferred upon
Seth Lakhmi Chand, with a kMiat of Bsť 3,000. A grant was also made him
of certain confiscated estates, yielding an annual revenue of Ba. 16,1253 rent-
free for his own life and at half rates for another life.
Daring the more than 20 years of peace which have now elapsed since those
eventful days, the Betlis, whenever occasion required, have shown themselves